The independent music community of Manipur on Sunday staged a peaceful demonstration at Keishampat in Imphal West, fervently appealing for the swift return of peace and normalcy to the strife-torn Manipur.
Amid the ongoing turmoil that has gripped Manipur for over three months, members of the music fraternity rallied together, driven by their earnest desire to see an end to the pervasive violence that has disrupted all lives and livelihoods in the state.
Musicians particpating in the demonstration reiterated their unwavering stand, expressing, "We have nothing to convey to the government or any other political entities. Our sole aspiration is to witness lasting peace in Manipur."
The music fraternity, a vibrant and integral part of Manipur's cultural fabric, has been among the hardest-hit sectors in the wake of the persistent unrest. Economic challenges brought about by the prolonged turmoil have deeply impacted these artists, who have found their creative pursuits and sources of income severely curtailed.
The demonstrators displayed a compelling array of placards bearing messages of hope and unity which read, "Love is eternal, so let it grow"; "Break the cycle, end violence"; "Enough with the killings"; "Stop the war, start the peace" and "Give peace a chance" among others.
The sit-in stands as a testament to the unwavering spirit of Manipur's artistic community, whose harmonious melodies and resolute messages aim to contribute to the much-needed healing of their beloved homeland.